FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) – The statue of Jefferson Davis in Frankfort’s Capitol Rotunda is not going anywhere, but lawyers are now researching whether a state commission that voted to remove the plaque, which calls David a “hero”, has the legal right to take it down.
Some had complained that the words "patriot, hero and statesmen" were not fit for the Kentucky native and only president of the Confederacy.
The Historic Properties Advisory Commission voted in October 2017 to keep the statue but remove the plaque; however, it appears the plaque will stay in place until at least the start of the new year.Attorneys for the Finance and Administration Cabinet, which includes the Division of Historic Properties, are looking into whether the commission has the legal right to remove the plaque. Those attorneys are expected to report to the commission in February, but the chairman said if a decision is ready beforehand they may call a special meeting to address the issue.
The commissioners said they may also turn to the legislature to remove the plaque if their attorneys find concern in their actions.
So far, they claim no one has sued to keep the plaque in place and the only complaint calls have been over the confusion as to whether they voted to remove the entire statue, which they have not.